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Wizadry at The Old Rectory – pure Harry Potter!

Delighted to read this wonderfull review this morning!

To visit The Old Rectory, head into Martinhoe past the common and swing confidently onto the B9¾. Things are not like usual here. There’s wizardry at work, particularly in the kitchen.

People (including me) keep asking Huw to do a cookery school week but it would mean losing holiday time so he’s not keen. These guys work hard and need their time off. Also I think his skill is due to a mix of instinct, an extraordinary palate and a lifetime of experience and not something that could be picked up in a short course.

All the rooms are different and special, particularly the garden facing ones, but the new Watersmeet in the old cottage, which looks the other way over the old church, is my current favourite. It’s spacious, very private, and has a power shower with a boost that would take the scalp off a rhino even though all the hotel’s water comes from a natural spring. The plumber must be a wizard too. For those who disapprove of wasting water there is also a double ended bath.

There are no children under 14 here because of the poisonous plants in the garden. I suspect a collaboration with Professor Sprout*. I advise bringing a really good book along then you’ll have an excuse to spend at least one afternoon dozing in a quiet corner of the fabulous garden on a reclining chair being served tea and cake.

Otherwise you’ll feel compelled to wear yourself out doing interesting stuff every day. This part of Devon really is an inexhaustible pleasure.
(*Hogwarts herbologist)

The Old Rectory Hotel in Top 5 Hotels in Europe

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We are delighted to have been rated 5th Best Hotel in Europe today by Global Travel Site, Tripadvisor. A major accolade  for our hotel because it is based on the feedback of guets who have actually stayed here! A massive thank you to everyone who has reviewed our hotel.

New Website

We are proud to launch our new website. The new website is intended to be friendlier than the last one, much easier to use and a slightly better medium for us to communicate through, providing you with news, happenings and the latest deals directly from the hotel.

The Old Rectory Has An Award Winning Wine List

At the Conde Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence Dinner, we were awarded “Newcomer of the Year” in the Champagne Taittinger Wine List Awards 2011. We were also a finalist in the overall award for wine lists in the Small hotels, Inns and Restaurants category.

The Old Rectory Rated Best Hotel In The UK

A big thank you to all our guests who have taken the time to review us on Tripadvisor!

We are really delighted and proud of the fantastic reviews that have been written about us on Tripadvisor – this tremendous customer feedback has now placed us No 1 Hotel in the UK!

If you would liek to read our latest reviews, please visit www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g186216-United_Kingdom-Vacations

Fantastic Video Of The Coastline Around The Hotel

The BBC has produced a great series called Britain on a Bike and the first episode is about the coastline around the Hotel. There is some fantastic photography as well as interesting parts on the history of the Lynmouth floods and the history of our local beach, Woody Bay

Here is the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00t4lqf/Britain_by_Bike_North_Devon/

The Old Rectory Hotel Now Voted 3rd Best Hotel In England By The Customers!

We found out today that as a result of fantastic reviews from our customers, we have entered the Top 10 Best Rated Hotels in England at Number 3!  Have a look at www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Tourism-g186217-England-Vacations

A Fantastic Customer Review!

We have had some lovely reviews on Tripadvisor – great customer feedback is the icing on the cake for us………… We were particularly touched by this one from some guests who stayed in May 2010!

The hotel is beautifully decorated, it is immaculate. The rooms are especially classy. The food is of a standard which far exceeds any other hotel outside of London – brilliant. The best value for money in a long time. We came back refreshed and inspired!

We are Travellers’ Choice Award Winners 2010 and are the 11th best hotel in the UK. You can read our reviews here: Trip Advisor

Time Out Magazine Guide Recommends The Old Rectory Hotel

We have been included in The TIme Out Magazine Guide to Devon & Cornwall for the first time – a guide which recommends the very best places to visit and stay in Devon & Cornwall to style conscuious people

This is what they say about the Hotel:

“The south west coast path lies at the end of the garden of this delightfull Georgian Rectory, which is flanked by National Trust owned land.

Its 8 bedrooms have glorious views over the sea or the garden and are furnished with rich fabrics and antiques. Flatscreen TV’s, wi-fi and White Company Products add to the air of understated luxury.

Candlelit 4 course dinners are available while the former stables have been converted into self catering cottages combining period features with modern comfort to great effect”

A Michelin Inspector Calls!

We had our Michelin Inspection this morning and are thrilled to have been classified as a 1 Red Pavillon in the 2010 guide!

This Red Pavillon denotes a “particulalry pleasant or restful establishment – the character of the building, its decor, the setting, the welcome and services provided all contribute to this special appeal”

Last year there were only 16 of these establishments in the whole of England! We are, of course, delighted!